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Boris Johnson declares Brexit will steer UK to national renewal
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Boris Johnson declares Brexit will steer UK to national renewal

Finally, Britain has exited the European Union; a new chapter is marked in the nation’s history and starting another new which is viewed by some with confidence and others with anxiety.

On Friday, Boris Johnson conceded that “there are many… who feel a sense of tension and misfortune” however guaranteed it would realize the revival of the UK’s “power of autonomous thought and development.”

EU pioneers looked to utilize the UK’s takeoff as a sign for other people, demanding that Britain’s choice would show that “strength doesn’t lie in isolation,” The Guardian reported.

Johnson released a video message, saying it would introduce “genuine national change and revision.”

Johnson didn’t specify “Brexit,” which Downing Street has extracted from government reciprocations, promising instead to “increase hope and opportunity in everywhere in the UK.”

However, that celebratory state of mind was not coordinated in Europe, where French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned that Brexit was a “warning sign” of immense significant importance, emphasizing his position of 2016. Talking in Paris, Macron referenced the characterizing idea of the British decision to walk out on 47 years of partnership. “There is a long history between Britain and France, which is made of opportunity, sacrifices, freedom, and wars, I won’t forget that,” he included.

Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, stated: “We need to have the ideal association with the United Kingdom, yet it won’t be as good as when we were together as members. Our experience has guided us that strength doesn’t lie in isolation; however, in our remarkable union. She included, “It is clear Europe will shield its interests in a decided way. Just the ones who know rules of the internal market can profit by it,” The Guardian reported.

However, the British government was determined to regard the minute as an opportunity to be a forward vision and positive of the nation’s future. In Boris Johnson’s video announcement, Johnson maintained Brexit would mark in history as a moment of “national renewal,” after which the UK could become “a big European power, and genuinely global in our reach and aspirations.”

“In our discretion, in our battle against environmental change, in our crusades for human rights or free commerce, we will rediscover muscles that we have not utilized for quite a long time. The strength of independent thinking and action,” he added.

10 Downing Street has clarified to UK businesses that they ought to get ready to confront new processes at the edge with the EU27, as the administration holds the right to change from EU rules. To watch more articles News From Europe

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EU’s big vote in Brussels will finally make Brexit ‘done’
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EU’s big vote in Brussels will finally make Brexit ‘done’

On Wednesday, European Parliament would undertake a historic vote, processing final rectification of the terms of the Britain’s exit from the European Union. Wednesday’s session would be a symbolic one where the union would give its final approval to clear path for Brexit.

UK would attend its last session as EU member on Tuesday, marking the end of the UK’s 47 years of EU membership. The outcome of the Wednesday session is clear, after both the parties signed the Withdrawal Agreement last week.

30 January would be more like a ceremonial session to be attended by 751 members of the European Parliament from 28 member states. The United Kingdom would cease to be part of the bloc on Friday at 23:00 GMT. From there on both the sides would enter a transition period which would last for eleven months, ending by December 2020. The transition period would be send to finalise negotiations on future trade relations EU and UK.

UK prime minister, Boris Johnson opts for quiet exit than a pompous display of triumph of his three years of Brexit dream. The next huge challenge which lays ahead of Johnson is striking a trade deal with EU before the end of the transition period, which many believe is nearly impossible given the complexity of the negotiations.

On Monday, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, clarified that the bloc would adopt a tough stand towards UK and ‘will never, never, never” compromise on the integrity of its single market, adding that Britain must bear the consequences of divorcing  the union.

“Leaving the single market, leaving the customs union will have consequences. And what I saw … in the last year, is that many of these consequences have been underestimated in the UK.” Barnier said while Brussels was willing to be flexible and reasonable in trade talks, but Britain’s attitude has made frictionless trade between the two almost impossible.

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Varadkar and Barnier warned UK of tough challenges ahead
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Varadkar and Barnier warned UK of tough challenges ahead

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned UK of tough challenges ahead of the Brexit negotiations. Both the leaders, who held a meet in Dublin on Monday, spoke at a joint press conference that EU’s key agenda ahead of the ‘very challenging’ talks with Britain would be to protect the interests of its member nations.

As per the Withdrawal agreement, EU-UK trade deal needs to be concluded by the end of this year.

“We’ll say goodbye to an old friend embarking on an adventure,” said Varadkar. “We hope it works out for them. But if it does not, there will always be a seat kept for them at the table.”

Barnier warned of economic disruption, in case negotiators failed to finalise a deal. He said, “If we have no agreement, it will not be business as usual and the status quo, we have to face the risk of a cliff edge, in particular for trade.”

Barnier added, “Brexit really showed, we are all part of a family. Brexit will not go away. We have important work ahead of us.”

He hinted that the 27-nation bloc would closely monitor the crossing of goods between the UK and Northern Ireland (part of EU).

EU leaders’ warning of tough negotiations came as Downing Street started the preparation to celebrate the UK’s departure from the bloc on Friday.

Varadkar, who is campaigning ahead of a general election in Ireland on Feb. 8, told the reporters that Ireland would hold a friendly attitude UK, though it would remain part of “team EU”.

In a recent interview with BBC, the taoiseach warned UK prime minister Boris Johnson that shifting away from Brussels standards would make it “a lot harder” for UK to strike a benefitting deal with EU. Varadkar drew an analogy of the disparity in negotiating power by saying, “The reality of the situation is that the European Union is a union of 27 member states, the UK is only one country. And we have a population and a market of 450 million people. The UK, it’s about 60 million. So if these were two teams up against each other playing football, who do you think has the stronger team? So long as we’re united.”

Irish prime minister added that reaching a trade deal before the end of this year is nearly impossible, and suggested his British counterpart to seek extension to the transition period, which ends on December 2020.

Johnson declined Varadkar’s suggestion, saying, “I have to say this is one of those rare occasions where I’m going to be obliged to respectfully disagree with my friend the taoiseach and just say I think we can wrap all this up in the time we’ve got. “We’ve got till, as you know, the end of the year and we will be doing things very fast, [in a] very friendly and respectful way, and in a way also, I think it’s important to stress, that really ensures we look after the interests of the Republic of Ireland as well.”   

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